To Commit or Not?

I have had a very hard time committing to this year’s Writing SOL Challenge, but here I am at 10:07 p.m.

I’m here because of the positive experiences writing has given me during this challenge the previous 6 years.

I’m here because I know that just as the geese instinctively know when a fellow flymate is flagging, writers here will lift me up.

I’m here because I need to find out what I have to say at this time of my life.

I’m here because my yoga teacher taught me yesterday: “Never give up. Always let go.” This powerful message resonates for me at this moment. So many times I need to be reminded that I cannot control the outcomes of my efforts, but I must keep trying.

So I’m going to keep trying to write each day, and let the outcome be what it may.

Thank you for being here with me.

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Stacey Shubitz
    Mar 01, 2020 @ 22:21:39

    There are many folks who’ve felt torn about participating this years. Every year is busy-busy-busy. Heck, I am feeling overwhelmed (with healing) right now. But there is something about being surrounded by familiar voices in March that makes it a wonderful month.
    Thrilled you’re back, Marilyn.

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    • mgminer
      Mar 01, 2020 @ 22:27:15

      How kind of you to write, Stacey! I have thought of you and your daughter many times this year as I have been learning to be an Orton-Gillingham trained teacher. It’s challenging, but wonderful to see progress. I hope you will gain strength each day!

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  2. Emily Culbertson
    Mar 01, 2020 @ 22:29:26

    Fellow late night poster here. I too questioned participating in the challenge this year. BUT, when the form came around, I filled it out and here I am. Thanks for being here with me.

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  3. Debbie Lynn
    Mar 02, 2020 @ 06:38:46

    I’m glad you wrote this because it encourages me, as I often wonder, “Do I have anymore stories to tell?” I think we do…at SOL we have the opportunity. Thank you! 🙂

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  4. onathought
    Mar 02, 2020 @ 06:57:03

    This! I felt this too this year – Year 7 for me too. Maybe is a 7-year thing. 🙂 We can do this!

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  5. Fran McCrackin
    Mar 02, 2020 @ 08:00:01

    Beautiful structure- “I’m here…” repeated. I love the geese analogy and will be thinking on the idea of ‘letting go.’ But my favorite reason you state is to find out what you have to say at this stage of your life. I want to hear it, so thanks for writing!

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  6. sallydonnelly11
    Mar 03, 2020 @ 22:22:28

    So glad you are here!! I hope you stop by Friday, too if you are free! Orange snacks and encouragement at my house on Friday!!

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